CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Marion County man will serve more than three years in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud insurance companies through a string of fictitious vehicle accidents.
Martin Stoneking, 25, of Fairmont, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in May 2017. He admitted to his role in staging a vehicle accident, faking injuries from the accident, and filing a false insurance claim resulting in a $41,000 settlement. That crime occurred between May 2013 and October 2013 in Marion County.
Stoneking has been ordered to pay $152,603.64 in restitution.
Four others were sentenced in September. Eight people in total were convicted as part of the scheme of staging vehicle accidents that occurred between January 2012 and August 2014. The false insurance claims totaled just under $250,000. The wrecks took place in Harrison, Taylor, and Marion counties.
Three others will be sentenced at a later date:
Charles Bonner, 34, of Morgantown
Robin Stoneking, 56, of Fairmont
Dallas Lewis, 55, of Clarksburg